Friday, January 25, 2008


Some people with nothing better to do on a work day drove to the Bristol, CT headquarters of ESPN to protest something they haven't heard.

The same people are demanding that Dana Jacobson, the host of ESPN2's First Take, be fired for something she didn't say on the air, and may not have said at all.

The leader of this bunch acknowledges he hasn't heard Jacobson's supposedly anti-Christian comment, but that he will forgive her - once she's lost her job.

And this alleged offense - Jacobson supposedly said "Fuck Jesus" - occurred at a roast celebrating "Mike & Mike's" 8th anniversary on the air. By definition a roast is, "a facetious tribute, as at a banquet, in which the honoree is alternately praised and insulted."

Ah yes, insulted.

Yet an insult of Notre Dame (Mike Golic's alma mater) at a social function where off-color humor is invited and expected is of no concern to these protesters. The protesters also flatly state that Jacobson would have been fired if she offended Jews, African-Americans or homosexuals. But of course there's no proof of that either.

The only substance that the "Christian Defense Coalition" has is a report, from the The Press of Atlantic City, saying Jacobson,
"made an absolute fool of herself, swilling vodka from a Belvedere bottle, mumbling along and cursing like a sailor as Mike & Mike rested their heads in their hands in embarrassment."
But Scott Cronick, an editor for The Press who wrote that story has also said,
"I did not hear her say 'F--- Jesus,' and neither did some other people I spoke to who were at the roast".
So let's get this straight.

A TV personality is suspended and her employer is still pressured to fire her for something she may not have said, and certainly didn't say on the air or even in her place of work. The same person who wrote about her behavior also denied ever hearing the supposed inflammatory remark. Yet that doesn't hold the same weight as a self appointed moral minority group's belief that the TV personality may have said something offensive to Christians?

Pass the bottle.


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